Dude, that is so tone deaf.
The world is going into a deep recession and all the people your friend employed are going to be worried about buying food and paying the rent.
Then of thousands of people have already died due to COVID-19.
And millions of families will be emotionally and economically scarred by the pandemic, not a necessary speech to protect public health.
All you had to do was write “my friend surprised me by his reaction to the end of his business,” but you had to go for false drama of reality TV.
You’re commenting on a global crisis with no idea of how bad things can get.
This is a fucking tragedy.
Maybe you’re sincerely trying to help people with this story, but if you were really concerned with getting the message out to the maximum number of people, you wouldn’t have put it behind the paywall.